Dr. Brett Conner is the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Youngstown State University. Dr. Conner is a co-founder of the Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (CIAM) at YSU. Dr. Conner has research interests in the application of additive manufacturing for aerospace maintenance and sustainment, functional graded materials fabricated using additive manufacturing, high strain rate behavior of materials fabricated by additive manufacturing, and economics of additive manufacturing. Prior to joining the YSU faculty, Conner worked for 15 years in government and industry. Dr. Conner is also the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Freshmade 3D a company that uses additive manufacturing for rare and custom automotive parts.